The legendary Wu-Tang Clan is one of the biggest names in rap music. They are best known for their songs “C.R.E.A.M.,” “Triumph,” and “Method Man.” The group is a hip-hop institution, and many of its members have gone on to become legendary names in their own right, meaning that any history of rap music must feature at least a mention of the Clan.
Given their massive popularity, it is only natural to want to learn more about the group. To assist with this, we’re breaking down exactly who is in the Wu-Tang Clan, and what the performers’ real names are. Here is everything you need to know.
What is the Wu-Tang Clan?
Wu-Tang Clan was formed in New York in 1992 when RZA and Ghostface Killah decided to expand their collaboration and create a full band. The group’s first single, the independently released “Protect Ya Neck,” quickly turned the group into an underground sensation with a loyal following.
The group released its first album in 1993, titled Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). This album got rave reviews and quickly cemented itself as a classic rap album. To this day, the album is still referenced on social media and widely talked about. Rihanna even named her baby after one of the members!
Since then, the group has released six other studio albums. Their most recent release, an EP called Wu-Tang: Of Mics and Men, landed in 2019 to tie in with the Showtime documentary of the same name.
Who is in the Wu-Tang Clan, and what are their real names?
Wu-Tang Clan has 10 members who each contribute to making musical magic. While some of these members are household names in their own right, some are mostly only known as Wu-Tang members. It should be noted that Cappadonna was originally not a member of the band but a close associate of the group. He didn’t become a full member until after the group had established itself.
The ten members and their real names are:
- RZA -Robert Fitzgerald Diggs
- Ghostface Killah – Dennis Coles
- GZA – Gary Grice
- Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Russell Tyrone Jones
- Method Man – Clifford Smith
- Raekwon -Corey Woods
- Inspectah Deck – Jason Hunter
- U-God – Lamont Jody Hawkins
- Masta Killa – Elgin Turner
- Cappadonna – Darryl Hill